American Black Ale

American Black Ale

664 beers | 3.760 Avg Score

The recently developed American Black Ale (ABA) is the product of American craft brewers’ love affair with hops, and their constant desire to innovate and push the envelope. Believed to have originated at the Vermont Pub and Brewery in 1994, the style has surged in popularity since 2007, especially in the Pacific Northwest region, prompting many to refer to it as a Cascadian Dark Ale. The ABA, often called a Black IPA, is similar to its predecessor, the India Pale Ale, but has had its malt bill modified to include a small percentage of highly kilned or roasted malts, giving the beer a dark brown or black appearance. The aromas are typically grassy, spicy, floral, citrussy and/or piny, thanks to aggressive quantities of hops being added at the end of the boil and as dry-hops. Despite its dark color, the malt flavors are typically in the background as they are dominated by ample bitterness and hop flavor. Flavors are resinous and citrussy, and in some versions the dark malts can lend light caramel, chocolate, coffee, or ashy flavors to the beer. The alcohol content for ABAs is typically in the 5.5%-8% by volume range.

Beer | Location Reviews Score
Great Basin Black Eye PA
NV, United States
2
3.420
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ME, United States
2
3.420
Thornbridge Raven
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2
3.420
Dunham Black IPA
Canada
2
3.420
Sawdust City Reunion Tour Black IPA
Canada
3
3.417
Garrison Black IPA
Canada
3
3.417
Refined Fool Murder Of Crows
Canada
3
3.400
Indeed Midnight Ryder
MN, United States
2
3.400
Boulder 35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA
CO, United States
3
3.400
Sweetwater Dank Tank Ghoulash
GA, United States
1
3.400
Avery Twenty One
CO, United States
3
3.400
Wrecking Bar Acca Dacca Blaccka Black IPA
GA, United States
1
3.400
Shillow Bitter Waitress Black IPA
Canada
3
3.400
Wicked Weed Iron Lady
NC, United States
1
3.400
Cannery Brewing Wildfire IPA
Canada
3
3.400
Sweetwater Dank Tank Some Strange
GA, United States
2
3.400
Flying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale
Canada
10
3.400
Stone 15th anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA (Lowland Scotch)
CA, United States
1
3.400
Cascade Dark Day IPA
OR, United States
2
3.380
Hopworks Organic Secession Cascadian Dark Ale
OR, United States
2
3.380